Movie actor, comedian, writer, and film producer Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83-years-old from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Best known for his numerous movie roles and crazy characters, Wilder will long be best known as the original Willy Wonka from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Willy Wonka star Gene Wilder passes away

Wilder's death was confirmed by his nephew who stated that the actor died Sunday night at his Stamford Connecticut home.

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He also revealed that Wilder had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease more than three years ago, but chose to keep the news of his condition secret from his fans because he couldn't stand the thoughts of disappointing them and denying them even one smile.

In Gene Wilder's early career he worked closely with producer Mel Brooks in several of his comedy films including "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein," and "Blazing Saddles." Wilder also worked closely with one of his very close friends, the late Richard Pryor in hit comedy films such as "Stir Crazy," and "Silver Streak" to name just a couple of the outrageously funny, and sometimes a bit raunchy comedy hits.

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Gene, who's real name is Jerome Silberman began his life in comedy at the tender age of six after his beloved mother suffered a heart attack, young Gene began making up his own skits to entertain his ailing mother. In 1982 Wilder met the love of his life, Gilda Radner. The couple married in 1984 and starred together in a couple of films written by Wilder, the most popular being "Haunted Honeymoon."

Wilder honors Gilda Radner with cancer facility "Gilda's Place"

Unfortunately for Gene and Gilda their wedded bliss did not last long.

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Sadly, Gilda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and passed away in 1989. Gene soon after started the cancer facility "Gilda's Place" in her memory and became quite the cancer advocate, testifying before congress on behalf of the great need for increased cancer research. Wilder later remarried in 1991 and is survived by his third wife Karen.

Another Hollywood great taken from the world in 2016.

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